Tickets of Lions fan who posted racist Snapchat to be donated to charities
The Detroit Lions last week forced a fan to surrender his season tickets after a racist Snapchat he posted was discovered. And now, thanks to another Lions fan, those tickets will be donated to charities in the Detroit area for the balance of the 2017 NFL season.
Andy Morse, 30, of Warren, Mich., reached out to the Lions organization to ask if he could purchase the two season tickets — located in the east end zone in the lower bowl and valued at $1,500 per game — and donate them to deserving Wayne County-area charities.
“I was pretty disturbed by that post, by what I saw,” Morse told ESPN. “I thought to myself, man, this makes all of the Lions’ fan base look kind of horrible and that kind of bothered me. Realistically, as soon as I saw that they had revoked his tickets, I was glad they did that, number one.
“Then I thought to myself, what do they do with these tickets? Do they just go back into circulation? The more I thought about that, I thought that these specific seats, these guys’ seats, should really be going somewhere where we can kind of overwrite the negative that he had caused with possibly some positives.”
Morse laid out the conditions to receive the tickets in a tweet.
Please share with any Charity / Organization that you think would love to send some kids to a Lions game! pic.twitter.com/sgExGy2dKw
— SandmanLions (@Sandman7773) September 20, 2017
The fan who lost his season tickets posted an image on Snapchat of two African-American Lions fans sitting during the national anthem before Week 1’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals, writing “Ignorant N—–s” underneath the post.
The Lions, after conducting an investigation, decided to compel the fan to surrender his season tickets, citing a violation of the organization’s guest conduct policy.
The first charity to receive the tickets will be Alternatives For Girls, which “helps homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation.” The two seats are for Sunday’s Week 3 game against the Atlanta Falcons. A different charity group is expected receive the remaining tickets throughout the season.